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10:45 am
Fri November 16, 2012

N.H. Ski Resorts Begin To Open

At least two New Hampshire ski resorts are opening for business.

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NH News
6:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Under The Microscope

A consultant from The Lewin Group presents their findings to health officials.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Thursday looking at Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Lynch Seeks Major Disaster Declaration

Gov. John Lynch is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster status for the state of New Hampshire as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

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NH News
4:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Hooksett And Manchester School Boards To Hash It Out


The Hooksett School board voted recently to begin negotiating an early withdrawal from Manchester High Schools. Tonight will be the first, joint school board session between Hooksett and Manchester. And talks are expected to start on bitter terms.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Looks For New Tools To Battle Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse experts unveiled a new tool today to help lower opioid misuse in the state.

That new tool is a website containing information for doctors describing safe prescribing techniques and standards for pain management.

Dr. Seddon Savage, a chronic pain and addiction specialist at Dartmouth, says the cycle of abuse can start with a well-intentioned prescription.

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NH News
3:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H.

Edward Epsen and two American Mulefoot pigs on Henwyn Farm.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

On Edward Epsen’s farm in Salisbury, New Hampshire, around 40 pigs are doing what lucky pigs get to do: forage for acorns and graze in pastures high with Timothy grass.

“So we are going to be killing this pig here, and the other one that was walking around on this side of the electric net," says Epsen. “It slipped out of sight for the moment…oh, there he is.”

The two that will die in a few minutes are American Mulefoots, a rare breed known for its lard.

When Epsen approaches, the 250-pound pigs roll onto their backs.

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NH News
1:50 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Branding Nashua: Where The Personable Meets High-Tech

Nashua City Hall
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A firm that helps cities revise their image presented its findings on Nashua’s strengths and weaknesses at a public meeting Tuesday night.

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NH News
7:47 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Wind Farm Builder Makes Pitch To Skeptical Crowd

Iberdrola operates two other wind farms in the state. One in Lempster began operating in 2008, and was the first such project in New Hampshire, and one in Groton, pictured here from the banks of the Baker River in Rumney, is just coming online now.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Advocates and opponents to the latest proposed wind-farm got to ask questions of Spanish renewable developer Iberdrola last night at a town-hall meeting in Grafton. Though opponents were by far the most vocal in attendance.

This was the first of three meetings this week that Iberdrola has scheduled presenting a proposal to build 36 wind turbines a ridge between the towns of Grafton, Alexandria, and Danbury.

It was a full house and many in the crowd, like April Dugan, came to let Iberdrola know that they did not like the idea of 454 foot turbines in their back yard.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Health Insurance Advisory Board Gets Going

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Back in June, the state legislature passed a law prohibiting the state from creating its own health exchange. Instead, New Hampshire will let the Federal government set it up.

But with big Democratic gains in last week’s election, the state is likely to play a bigger role in shaping the exchange.

In case you don’t remember, exchanges are those on-line marketplaces where people will shop for health insurance beginning in 2014.

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Fiscal Cliff
7:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Lame Duck Congress Set To Negotiate Fiscal Cliff

Credit Lawrence Jackson / whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia COmmons

Today , New Hampshire’s lame duck congressmen are back in Washington.  Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta will join their Republican colleagues in negotiating with President Obama and the Senate to ward off the fiscal cliff. 

That’s when the payroll tax cut and Bush-era tax cuts expire and sequestration hits--simultaneously--in January.  And while Second District Congressman Charlie Bass lost his seat, the pressure’s on for the lame-duck Congress to find a compromise.  But Bass says there’s not nearly enough time to reach a “Grand Bargain.”

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NH News
4:10 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Residents In Merrimack Gather For Veterans Day Ceremony

From left, Chaplain Skitch Henderson, Roland Roberge and Commander Paul Shea
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Merrimack held a ceremony Monday morning and added six names to its memorial wall. One of the names belonged to a field medic who was present at the legendary flag-raising of Iwo Jima.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

N.H. State Police Team To Assist N.J. Disaster Relief Efforts

The damage left in the wake of super-storm Sandy has New Jersey scrambling to recover. New Hampshire State Police are sending a 12-member team to help with the clean-up efforts in New Jersey.

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NH News
10:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Shaheen, Ayotte Honor Veterans

Just in time for Veterans Day, the families of two World War II veterans from New Hampshire are being presented with medals honoring the service of their loved ones.

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Consumer Protection
4:32 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

A.G. Fraud Unit Proposal Stalls Again

The creation of a new fraud unit at the state Attorney General’s office has stalled again.  Thursday, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to table a request to approve funding for it. 

The governor and Executive Council have approved the unit, which would be funded by the state’s mortgage settlement with big banks.  But the Republican-dominated committee has resisted allocating money to it, saying it would ultimately add staff to the government payroll.  But the AG’s Consumer Protection Bureau Chief James Boffetti says a fraud unit is needed.

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NH News
1:39 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Former Shipyard Worker Pleads Guilty To Arson

A civilian worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has pled guilty to two counts of arson. The Portland, Maine US Attorneys office says 24-year old Casey Fury set fire to the USS Miami on May 23rd, causing extensive damage to the attack submarine.

Five first responders were injured fighting the first blaze.

Fury was hired as a sandblaster and painter at the shipyard.

The parties have agreed to recommend a federal prison sentence of between 15 and 19 years.

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